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The symmetric equilibria of symmetric voter participation games with complete information

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  • Nöldeke, Georg

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  • Peña, Jorge

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We characterize the symmetric Nash equilibria of the symmetric voter participation NEWLINE game with complete information introduced by Palfrey and Rosenthal (1983). Our results confrm their conjecture on the existence, multiplicity, and comparative statics of such equilibria and yield more precise information on how changes in team size affect the location of equilibria.

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  • Nöldeke, Georg & Peña, Jorge, 2015. "The symmetric equilibria of symmetric voter participation games with complete information," Working papers 2015/08, Faculty of Business and Economics - University of Basel.
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    Keywords

    Costly voting; Participation games; Mixed strategy equilibrium; Polynomials in Bernstein form;
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    JEL classification:

    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior

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